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9 hours ago, HornPhD said:

Seven Grand or Bar Jackalope for the whiskey? Wonder if the Seven Grand in SD has a hidden bar. 

I've never been back in Jackalope.  I hear it's pretty small and laid back.  I assume prices are similar to Seven Grand.  You won't lack for decent whiskey in either place.  

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Gaslamp was pretty good last night. Had a hot dog on the corner of the street while people danced on the sidewalk to La Chona. It was awesome.

@kingkoopa6 is driving down from LA today and we got an airbnb in Tijuana so the weekend should be damn good. Might start a new thread for that 

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Wrapping up my weekend in La Jolla... hidden fish (sushi) was awesome, 12 pieces chef’s choice, 50 minute for $50. Sushi Ota kept being mentioned so I had that too, hidden fish was far superior.

2nd zep’s taco stand rec, long ass line all day every day fri-sun

Crack shack (chicken place) is damn solid

La Jolla overall is perfection. Windansea beach was great, just enough watering holes, everybody happy/friendly as hell

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6 hours ago, bluto said:

Wrapping up my weekend in La Jolla... hidden fish (sushi) was awesome, 12 pieces chef’s choice, 50 minute for $50. Sushi Ota kept being mentioned so I had that too, hidden fish was far superior.

2nd zep’s taco stand rec, long ass line all day every day fri-sun

Crack shack (chicken place) is damn solid

La Jolla overall is perfection. Windansea beach was great, just enough watering holes, everybody happy/friendly as hell

Most of San Diego is perfection.  It costs out the ass to live here, but it's worth it. 

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Going to La Jolla over New Years. Pretty familiar with San Diego but looking for a couple of suggestions. 

1) How are the SD Texas Exes game watch parties? The Alamo Bowl is at 4:30 on the 31st. Looking for feedback if the Texas Exes draw a decent crowd and worth checking out? I’ve been to the NYC Texas Ex watch parties while traveling and they’re fun time. 
If not, I’m fine posting up at The Spot or would appreciate other sport bar recs for that game. 
 

2) Never been over New Years, any NYE events that I should be aware of? 

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Another great trip in La Jolla. Below are the new restaurants/bars I tried for the first time that I would recommend.

Piatti - La Jolla Italian 

Civico 1845 - Little Italy Italian 

El Pescador Fish Market - La Jolla

Waterbar - Pacific Beach bar with good views 

Isola - La Jolla Neapolitan style pizza place 

Raises by Wolves - Westfield UTC over the top speak easy

False Idol - Little Italy speakeasy 

Wasn’t very impressed by The Taco Stand, it was alright. I haven’t been but have heard Galaxy Taco is legit. 
 

We also hit up Rocky’s which is an institution. Sugar and Scribe and Cove house for breakfast.

Jealous off all you a-holes that get to live out there. 

 

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1 hour ago, Kevin O’Shea said:

Another great trip in La Jolla. Below are the new restaurants/bars I tried for the first time that I would recommend.

Piatti - La Jolla Italian 

Civico 1845 - Little Italy Italian 

El Pescador Fish Market - La Jolla

Waterbar - Pacific Beach bar with good views 

Isola - La Jolla Neapolitan style pizza place 

Raises by Wolves - Westfield UTC over the top speak easy

False Idol - Little Italy speakeasy 

Wasn’t very impressed by The Taco Stand, it was alright. I haven’t been but have heard Galaxy Taco is legit. 
 

We also hit up Rocky’s which is an institution. Sugar and Scribe and Cove house for breakfast.

Jealous off all you a-holes that get to live out there. 

 

Was in SD for 10 days a back in Sept. and went here and this is a No for me dawg. Food was weak, scene was weak, service was weak.

Did hit up the Salt & Straw, but thought it was going to be better. And hate that people brought their huge dogs into such a small place.

I enjoy San Diego as much as the next guy, in short spurts-- I got every year for 10-12 days-- but would never live there. Then again, I'm not a big golfer either...

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Will need to read through this thread. Going in early June with our kids. Obviously have the zoo on the agenda. La Jolla as well. Other good ideas for kids (10 & 12) that aren't Seaworld and Legoland?

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32 minutes ago, mdmost said:

Will need to read through this thread. Going in early June with our kids. Obviously have the zoo on the agenda. La Jolla as well. Other good ideas for kids (10 & 12) that aren't Seaworld and Legoland?

On a whim we went to Del Mar racetrack (not sure if they run in June) and my kids had an absolute blast.  My daughter picked the winner of the first two races we watched.  She won something like 25 bucks on 4 dollars of bets.  There was a brewfest going on too alongside the track that day.  From the onsite pamphlets I think they have a kids zone sometimes, it wasn't operating when we went.

 

Also, walking around Coronado Island and lunch at Coronado brewing was really enjoyable for my family.

 

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1 hour ago, mdmost said:

Will need to read through this thread. Going in early June with our kids. Obviously have the zoo on the agenda. La Jolla as well. Other good ideas for kids (10 & 12) that aren't Seaworld and Legoland?

Wife and I went in November and our biggest regret was not spending enough time in La Jolla at the beach.  Take them kayaking and snorkeling.  Definitely hit up a Padres game if they are in town.

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I never did follow up on our trip -- thanks to all for the great advice.  Pretty much everything we did was awesome.

@mdmost I don't know what your kids are into, but here are the things my boys (14 and 11 at the time) liked the most (and still frequently talk about):

-- Surf lessons from Coronado Surfing Academy.  Our instructor could have been Seth Rogen's brother and was awesome with the boys.  They had a great time.
-- Point Loma tide pools and Cabrillo National Monument.  They loved the critters in the tide pools and the view of the naval ships and planes from the top.
-- Padres game was a huge hit.
-- USS Midway was great, but I was surprised how much they liked the Maritime Museum.  The old Soviet sub is cool.
-- They are well seasoned in going to brewpubs, but they really liked the Stone Bistro, especially goofing around in the bocce ball court.  Could have hung around this area more.
-- They liked Donut Bar so much we had to go back one more time on the way to the airport.
-- Had a great time eating sushi at Shino.  We're not sophisticates, but it was near our hotel and had good ratings so we tried it out.  The chef (Kevin) was super cool with my boys and got them to try all kinds of shit.  Great meal.
-- They also really loved eating at Ironside and Crack Shack.

It was a great trip for kids that age.  We're going to do another dude trip this summer, and I'll probably let them decide between going back or trying somewhere new like Portland.
 

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Had a great sushi experience A few miles inland from La Jolla at a place called Hidden Sushi. Omakase style, cool ppl working there/great service.

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Going in late July. Was going to stay at the Del, but the reviews online say there’s pretty serious renovation and construction going on. To the point that you’re rolling the dice on it ruining the experience depending on where your room is located. What’s the next best options for hotel for family/beach stuff on Coronado Island?

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On 1/17/2020 at 1:06 PM, mdmost said:

Will need to read through this thread. Going in early June with our kids. Obviously have the zoo on the agenda. La Jolla as well. Other good ideas for kids (10 & 12) that aren't Seaworld and Legoland?

took the kids last year, President's Weekend.  girls about the same age at the time as yours.  vrbo just a few blocks from Sunset Cliffs.   really liked the neighborhood.  Sundara (indian) a few blocks away was really good as a 'date night' while the kids had pasta we made for them, back at the house.

didn't do the zoo, but Balboa Park has some other cool stuff.  In particular, the girls really liked the model train museum.  parking is a beating, so I recommend getting an early start.

we made two trips to La Jolla so the kids could watch the seals and pelicans grabass around on Seal Rock and The Cove. the town is total clusterfuck on the weekend, but there is a public parking garage.  if you can get a table on the roof, George's is pretty good.  the ocean view is great there.  saw some whales breaching, now and then.

+1 on the tide pools at Cabrillo, and that whole park.  

breakfast at Mitch's Seafood is awesome.  we hit it right after we landed (I knew about it from some tuna trips, years before).  I assume the actual seafood is of the same quality.

bring a jacket.

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mitch's, bitches

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I recommend a whale watching trip for anybody with kids.   There are great ones that run from Oceanside for anybody that's staying further north. 

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On 1/19/2020 at 8:15 AM, Gil Bang said:

I recommend a whale watching trip for anybody with kids.   There are great ones that run from Oceanside for anybody that's staying further north. 

Ridiculous that I've never done this.  Wife is from there and over the last 20 years I've probably spent close to 200 nights in SD.

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49 minutes ago, Fudge Nuggets said:

Heading there March 9 - 13 with the kids (14 and 10).  Would y'all recommend renting a car or just Uber / Lyft it?

I think it depends on where you are staying and what you are planning to do, but I would get a car. I've rented one every time we've been. You can cover a lot of ground out there hopping around to La Jolla or the Safari Park or Coronado or wherever. If you do rent, I'd also make sure that where you are staying has parking. Our airbnb last time was near the beach and I made sure it had its own private parking space. It would have sucked to try to find parking on the street every time we were in and out.

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On 1/17/2020 at 11:06 AM, mdmost said:

Will need to read through this thread. Going in early June with our kids. Obviously have the zoo on the agenda. La Jolla as well. Other good ideas for kids (10 & 12) that aren't Seaworld and Legoland?

USS Midway 

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Heading there March 9 - 13 with the kids (14 and 10).  Would y'all recommend renting a car or just Uber / Lyft it?

I would rent a car. If you are a Costco member, you’ll save a ton of dough by making a reservation through them

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A friend of a friend owns Bay City Brewery. Their original location is next to the hockey arena and they were supposed to open a second location in Gas Lamp. 

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If anyone out in SD is missing some Texas BBQ. There is a pop up BBQ place called Hollidays BBQ that operates out of the parking lot of Trident Coffee in Imperial Beach every other weekend. The guy who operates is from San Antonio and is active duty in the Navy and does this part time, soon to make it his full time job. His next pop up is next Saturday Feb 29th at Trident Coffee. Starts service at 11 and goes until out. Last I was there, he ran out about 1pm. Line starts forming around 10 or earlier.

You can follow them on IG @hollidaysbarbecue for updates on their pop ups dates.

Finally nice to get good Texas Brisket out here.


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Doing a solo trip in a couple weeks for 2 days. Staying in Ocean Beach, thinking I’ll do a day up in that area and then a day/night in gas lamp/little Italy. Any recommendations up in that northern area for food, beer, beach?

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Just got back today from a five day trip with the kids and had a good time despite the weather being pretty much shite for four of the five days.  The one nice weather day was spent at Sea World which was one of the best times we’ve ever had... pricey for sure, but well worth it.  Our zoo day it absolutely pissed down rain until about 1:00 but we still got a kick out of it.

We stayed at the Hilton Bayside and walked everywhere except to Sea World and the zoo.  Wound up averaging about 10 miles walking every day.  Lyft was a very good value between the hotel and airport, Sea World and the zoo.

We will most certainly make another trip during summer some year to catch better weather and a Padres game.  Our next trip we may stay in a different part closer to some of the beaches.

Overall, great city that has something for everyone.  I can’t imagine how awesome it is when the weather is good.

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So, for you beer nuts coming to town, the Brewer's Guild publishes brewery maps.  I've got a handful of them.  If you have a trip coming up and are interested in beer, shoot me a PM with your 'gubmint" info, and I'll drop one in the mail to you. 

Of course, they are all closed until this corona bullshit passes. 

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So I’m thinking of going there for a few days with the mrs. around the end of September , but between the wildfire and the lockdown I’m not sure if it’s worth it. Anybody have any sense of how the place is to visit right now?

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You probably need to provide some details on what you hope to spend time doing.  If its food scene, breweries and amusement parks/zoo it’s definitely going to be don’t bother.

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I don’t have any idea what we’d be doing. I suppose check out the area, eat food places, chill at the hotel some, hit the beach. I was watching the local news and it doesn’t seem to locked down.

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